By Paul Rice
It was pretty obvious when the state wide Padilla Poll was released this week that the Mason Punchers have everybody’s attention. Our Punchers who started the year at #11 have jumped all the way to #4 as we enter week three of the 2010 season. Our Punchers who have been a top twenty team for the past three years appear to be taking the next step in becoming one of the more recognized Class 1A programs in the state. By moving in to the top five they are now joining company with teams such as Canadian, Stratford, Albany, Mart, and Goldthwaite who historically are some of the best Class 1A programs in the state and between them have accumulated 12 State Championships. Mason has never had a team ranked this high at this point in the season. Are they as good as the 1958 team? 1986 team? or 2004 team? I do not know, but it sure is going to be fun to follow them and find out!
This week Mason will go to the deep end of the pool and face the most difficult game on the 2010 schedule, the Bobcats of Comfort. Last year Comfort made it all the way to the Class 2A semi-finals only to fall one game short of the playing in the State Championship. Now here is the scary part. They are retuning the nucleus of their team and are currently ranked 12th in the state. Now before we all start running for the hills yelling, the Bobcats are coming, the Bobcats are coming, lets break them down and see what were up against.
When you open your program this week I want you to go immediately to the Comfort roster and find the name Dane Wright ( 5’9 175lbs 4.55 ). He will not be listed as a running back, wide receiver or linebacker. He will be listed as an "athlete". He is an extremely versatile player, who plays multiple positions, possesses a high football IQ, and will be a force on both sides of the ball. He was a key component in Comforts playoff run last year. Paving the way for young Mr. Wright will be Comforts jumbo sized linemen. When your enrollment tips the scales at almost 400 students their are plenty of fat kids to pick from. There experienced, physical and bring that all important playoff experience to the party.
This game needs no hype. If you thought the season opener drew a large crowd, wait till you see the throngs expected to show up for this one. This game will not be for the squeamish and will be a real challenge for our Punchers. So lets circle the wagons, put our mouth pieces in, buckle our chin straps and get ready to rumble !!!!